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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SJAMJOWDlUNTV'ERSITy 

Birmingham, Alabama 



Muscle Shoals Baptist Association 



v. 1. 1850 



v. 11. 1888 



v. 2. 1854 



v. 3. 1855 



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v. 12. 1891 



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v. 15. 1895 



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v. 7. 1867 



v. 8. 1871 




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v. 17. 1897 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



SEVENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



IV[a0cIe j&oalg Baptist ^ooiation, 



HELD WITH THE 



Town Creek Baptist Church, Lawrence County, Ala. 

October 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 1898. 



OFPICEES: 

Elder E. T. WEAE, Moderator. Mt. Hope, Ala. 

Elder JOS. SHACKELFOED, Clerk DanviUe, Ala. 

W. D. IBWIN, Treasurer Moulton, Ala. 



O. D. Gibson, 
A. W. Bailey, 
J. G. Orr, 
W. D. Irwin, 



Executive Board, Moult on, Ala. 

J. M. Kichens, J. M. Shoemaker, 

A. L. Moody, H. B. Irwin, 

J. C. Tidwell, Dr. R M. Simpson, 

J. M. Sandlin, G. W. Jackson, 

Wm. East, W. D. Irwin, Treas. 



Board of Ministerial Education, Danville, Ala. 

Josbphus Shackelford, J. M. Kichens, J. G. Orr, G. C. Hardwick, 

C.T.Wallace, Bybd Gibson, Joseph Sandlin. 



MONTGOMERY, ALA.: 
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Introductory Sermon at 11 a. m. Thursday. 

After intermission — Thursday afternoon — the Moderator shall eall 
the Association to order and appoint Reading Clerks. 

Read letters from the churches and enroll delegates. ' 

Elect officers 

Call for petitionary letters. 

Call for correspondence from other bodies. 

Invite visiting brethren to seats with us. 

Appointment of Committees, viz: 1— On Devotional Exercises. 2— 
State of Religion. 3— Deceased Ministers. 4— Documents. 6— 
Finance Committee. 

Call for report of Board of Trustees of North Alabama Baptist Col- 
legiate Institute and Normal School at Danville. 

Call for report of Executive Board. 

Friday Morning — Religious Exercises one- half hour. 

Miscellaneous Business. 

Appoint messengers to corresponding bodies. 

Call for Treasurer's Report. 

Call for Report of Board of Ministerial Education. 

Report of Missionaries. 

Report of Standing Committees in the order of their appointment. 

Report of other Committees in their order. 

Appoint Time and Place of next meeting and the preaching of the 
introductory sermon and the alternate. 

Miscellaneous Business. 

Read the minutes, call the roll and adjourn. , 



The next session will be held with Hartselle Church, Morgan Co... com- 
mencing on Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 1897. 



ORDAINED MINI8TER8 AND THEIR POST OFFICES. 



•Atkinson. E. 8 .Decatur. 

Austin, W. H Russellville. 

•Bragg, T. R Moulton 

Baldwin, J. T Flint. 

•Blackmail, J. R Danville. 

•Briscoe, Marion Danville. 

•Briscoe, Albert Falkville. 

•Briscoe, H. L Falkville. 

•Bradford. Isaac Avoca. 

Bell, G. W New Decatur. 

•Cobbs, W. T Hartselle. 

•Comstock. O. E Sheffield. 

Dawson, J. D Town Creek. 

Finney, Mike Newburg. 

•Gunn, Jackson Trinity. 

Gibson, J. S Mt. Hope 

Hembree, J. H Danville. 

•McClanahan, J. D Hartselle. 

.Martin, T. 8 Danville. 



•McPherson, R. P New Decatur. 

Norwood, Richard Comtland. 

•Roan, J. E Somerviile. 

♦Roberts, J M Town Creek. 

Richey, J. L Edmond. 

*8hackelford, Jos Danville. 

•Sandlin, J. W New Decatur. 

Stephenson, E. D.... Danville. 

•Stockton, J. I Simpson. 

8mith. W. G. W.„ Falkville. 

Thompson, J. N Falkville. 

•Thames, A. J Tnacumbia. 

•Wear, R. T Mt Hope. 

Wear, L. A Laudersville. 

•Weaver, J. C Somerviile. 

Weaver, T. J Somerviile. 

•Wrijrht, W. E Somerviile. 

Wright, J. 8 8omerville. 

Vincent, J. C South Florence. 




igpNoTB-— Those marked with * , are regularly engaged in preaching to 

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The delegates composing the Seventy-seventh Session of the Muscle Shoals 
Association of Baptists met at Town Creek Baptist church, Lawrence coun- 
ty, Ala., on Thursday, October 1st, 1896, 11 o'clock a. m. 

Elder E. 8. Atkinson, of the First Baptist church, Decatur, Ala., read the 
6th chapter of Galatians and offered prayer. 

After singing "Nearer, my Ood, to Thee," the Introductory Sermon was 
preached by Elder J. W. Sandlin, of the First Baptist church of New Deca- 
tur, from the Epistle of Jude, 3rd verse. He urged the brethren to contend 
earnestly for the faith. The discourse was plain and practical. 

After the sermon the congregation was dismissed for one hour, with a 
short prayer by Elder J. C. Vincent. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association assembled at the appointed time. 

The religious services were conducted by Elder J. I. Stockton, of Trinity 
church, after which the former Moderator, Elder R. T. Wear, of Town Creek 
church, called the Association to order and declared it ready for business. 

Elder Jos. Shackelford, of Danville church, the former Clerk, took his 
place at the Clerk's table. 

The Moderator appointed Bros. J. I. Stockton, E. S. Atkinson and A. L. 
Moody as Reading Clerks. 

The letters from the churches were then called for, and tbe names of the 
delegates enrolled as follows: 

Bethel (M.)-W. J. Huckabee. 

Bethel (C.)— W. W. Nesmith, C. C. Kirby and M. H. Golden. 

Blue Spring — Letter. 

Macedonia (F.) — W. 8. Roe and Walter Atwood. 

Central Decatur — R. P. McPherson and W. M. Jolly. 

Bethany— J. W. Owen and A. M. Chrisler. 

Central Grove — Letter. • 

Cherry Hill— E. R. Ricbeson. 

Enon— J. M. West and J. E. McMillan. 

Decatur (First)— E. S. Atkinson. 

Friendship— Jon athan Norwood, James Walker and E. W. Roden. 

Hopewell— J. H. Hembree and J. J. Sandlin. 

Danville— Jos. Shackelford, M. Briscoe and D. F. Green. 

Cave Spring — Letter. 

Harmony— J. A. Walker and W. S. Howell. 

Gum Spring CM..)— W. M. Roan and D. E. Tapscott. 

Macedonia (M. )— -L. W. Jones. 

Gum Spring(L.)— W. H. Muston, T. J. Randolph and A. R. Halbrooks. 

Hartsefle— W. T. Cobbs and J. D. McClanahan. 

Mount Zion (M.)— Letter. 

Mount Zion (L.)— J. H. Butler and J. L. Richey. 

Mount Nebo(L.)— Wm. East, J. W. Horton and G. W. Hargett. 

Moulton — O. D. Gibson, R. M. Simpson and H. B. Irwin. 

Mission Grove — Letter. 

Mount Pisgah — Letter. 



New Centre— W. B. Bryant and W. M. Bryant. 

New Hope — J. R. Blackmail. 

Mount Stanley— Letter. 

New Friendship— W. J. Blankenship. 

New Prospect— F. M. Caruth, Walter Willis and Jos. Greenham. 

Russellvifle— Peter Clay, J. M. Orman and R. T Ryland. 

Pleasant Grove — T. R. Bragg and Rush Stockton 

Okalona— W. D. Braoswell, J. M. Rted and R. L. Bond. 

Rocky Creek — J. P. Henderson. 

Pleasant Hill— J. Gunn and George Russell. 

Shady Grove — J. A. Moore and C. M. Livingston. 

Somerville— J. E. Weaver and S- A. Lynn. 

New Decatur (First)— J. W. Sandlin, John Masterson and Frank Utter. 

Sheffield— A. J. I vie. Lon Little and E. Evans. 

Tuseumbia — A. L. Moody and A. J. Thames. 

Trinity— J. I. Stockton, W. 8. Johnson and James Bates. 

Liberty— Wm. Clayton and S. J. Odell. 

Siloam— W. Hall. 

Town Creek— R T. Wear, H. 0. Henley and J. N. Jackson. 

Mount Pleasant— J. M. Roberts, A. L. Steenson and J. T. McAlister. 

There being no other letters, the Moderator announced that the Associa- 
tion would proceed to the election of officers. 

Bros. H. B. Irwin and 0. D. Gibson were appointed Tellers. 

The vote having been taken and counted by the Tellers, they announced 
that Elder R. T. Wear was elected Moderator, and Elder Jos. Shackelford, 
Clerk. 

After a few remarks, thanking the Association for the honor conferred, 
by these officers, they took their places. 

The order of business as printed in the minutes of last year was adopted. 

PETITIONARY LETTERS. 

On a call for petitionary letters, one was presented from Calhoun church, 
which, being found regular, on motion, the church was received as a mem- 
ber of this body, and the Moderator extended the hand of fellowship 
to Bro. W. A. Muroy, the only delegate present. 

CORRESPONDENTS. 

Elder J. R. Nesmith, from Bear Creek Association, and Albert Briscoe, 
from Cullman Association, were received . 

On motion, Elder J. W. Sandlin was received as a representative of the 
State Board of Missions. 

Visiting brethren were invited to seats. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees: 

Devotional Exercises — The delegates of Town Creek church, and Bros. 
O. D. Gibson. Wm. East and W. D. Irwin. 
8tate of Religion— J. M. Roberts, J. W. Horton and W. M. Roan. 
Deceased Ministers— J. I. Stockton, J. J. Sandlin and W. W. Nesmith. 
Documents — J. D. McClanahan, J. E. Weaver and Peter Clay. 
Finance — A. L. Moody, H. B. Irwin and O. D. Gibson. 

On motion, the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock Friday morning. 
Prayer by Elder A. J. Thames. 






SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 



Fbidat, Oct. 2, 9 A. M. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

The devotional exercises were conducted by Elder Albert Briscoe, after 
which the minutes were read and approved. 

Delayed letters were handed in and read, and names of delegates enrolled 
as follows: 

Lebanon — W. H. Junkins. 

Salem — D. C. Mnrphree and J. W. Key. 

Mount Hope — Howard Smith. 

Bros. W. D. Irwin and J. M. Sandlin, who are members of the Executive 
Board, were enrolled as members, ex-officio. 

The Moderator announced the following brethren as Chairmen of Stand- 
ing Committees, to prepare report* on the subjects assigned to other breth- 
ren who were not present: 

Orphans' Home — J. E. Weaver. 
Temperance — K. P. McPherson. 
Col portage — E. S. Atkinson. 
Sunday Schools— A. J. Thames. 

The regular order of business was taken up, and the report of the Trustees 
of Danville School was called for. 

DANVILLE SCHOOL. 

The report of the Trustees of this school was read by Bro. Jos. Shackel- 
ford, the President of the Board of Trustees, as follows: 

REPORT OF THE BOARD OP TRUSTEES OF THE NORTH ALABAMA 
BAPTIST COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE AND NORMAL SCHOOL. 

To the Muscle Shoals Association: 

The Board of Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Institute 
and Normal School, at Danville, Ala , beg leave to make this, their fourth 
annual report, to your body: 

The School closed its third session last June. Prof. D. F. Green, who was 
elected President in 1895 proved himself to be a successful teacher and gave 
entiie satisfaction in his management of the School. 

The commencement exercises passed off with great success. We had one 
full graduate and two graduates in the English course. 

The fourth session commenced on Monday, the 7th of September, with 
Prof. Green as President, who was re-elected, by the Trustees, and Miss Liz- 
zie Green as teacher of the Primary Department, and Miss Susie Shackel- 
ford, teacher of Music. The opening was more flattering than we have ever 
had, and new pupils are entering every week. There are now enrolled 73 
pupils, a larger number than we have ever had at this time of the session, 
and we are looking forward to an enrollment of more than 100 by the first 
of January, 1897. 

The total enrollment for the entire session of 1895-6 was 94. 

We had only about 50 when our report was made last October. The 
School is certainly growing in the estimation of the people. We are glad 
to say that people are attracted to Danville by the School, and every dwell- 
ing house is, and will be, occupied. 

If the Baptist people would give this School the patronage which it de- 
serves from them, we would soon number our pupils by the hundreds. 

Prof. Green has employed another teacher to assist him — one of our grad- 
uates — Mr. T. H. Johnson, who is fully competent. As the School grows 
larger, other assistants will be employed— as the needs demand. 



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We earnestly beg that the Baptists of the Muscle Shoals Association will 
consider this as their School, and Rive us their patronage when it is within 
their power to do so. 

Our rates of tuition are reasonable, and board is cheap. 

The term of the folio wine named Trustees expires at this session of your 
body, viz: Capt. A. W. Bailey. Judge A. L. Moody and Dr. John P. Hodges. 
Their places will have to be filled, either by their re-appointment or the 
appointment of others. Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, 

T. L. Baker, President. 

Danville, Ala., Sept. 30th, 1896. 

After remarks by Bros. Jos. Shackelford, J. W. Sandlin, J. I. Stockton and 
T. R. Bragg, it was ordered to be spread on the minutes. 

On motion, A. W. Bailey, A. L. Moody and J. P. Hodges were re-appoint- 
ed Trustees for three years, from 1896 to 1899. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

Bro. O. D. Gibson, Chairman, made the report of the Executive Board, 
which was adopted as follows : 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE BOARD OF MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION, 

CONVENED WITH TOWN CREEK CHURCH, LAWRENCE COUNTY, 

ALA., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 1896. 

Your Executive Board met in Moulton on Feb. 28, 1896. Complying with 
the line of work recommended by the last Association, we employed Elder 
Jos. Shackelford as evangelist and colporter, to work in the bounds of this 
Association, at a salary of $40 per month for the time actually employed in 
evangelistic work. 

He began work on the 11th day of March last, and his report will show 
the amount of work performed, and bis salary. 

We employed Bro. Marion Briscoe to aid Bro. Shackelford, at a salary of 
$20 per month, time employed in evangelistic work. He began work May 
16th, 1896. His report will give summary of work and salary. 

Respectfully submitted, 

O. D. Gibson, 
Jas. M. Sandun, Chairman of Board. 

Secretary of Board. 

In connection with this report, the report of Jos. Shackelford, evangelist 
and colporter, was read and adopted, as follows: 

REPORT OF JOS. SHACKELFORD, EVANGELIST AND COLPORTER FOR 
THE MUSCLE SHOALS ASSOCIATION. 

Dear Brethren : I was employed by your Executive Board to work as 
evangelist and colporter within the territory of the Association, at a salary 
of $40 per month, counting only the time actually engaged in the work. 
So far as the colportage work was concerned, I was to furnish the books 
with my own means, except $5.00 which the Board furnished to buy tracts 
for free distribution. Thes* tracts I have distributed free, where I could not 
get brethren to purchase them. 
The following is a consolidated report of my labors during the year: 
I have made monthly reports to the Board, as required. I commenced 
my work on the 11th of March. 
Time employed in days, 124; months — i months and 4 days. 

Milestraveled 986 

Sermons preached ...106 

Missionary addresses delivered. 24 



Exhortations and Sunday School talks 11 

Books sold, value ..$67 25 

Tracts sold, value 2 00 

Tracts given away, value 2 00 

Bibles and Testaments given away, 4; value 75 

I have collected for Missions the following sums: 

From Hillsboro church, Associational and Foreign $ 6 65 

Bomerville church, Associational Missions 5 09 

Town Creek church, " " 188 

Bethel church, J. I. 8tockton, A. M 1 00 

Harmony, A. M., $1.70; F. M., $1.78 3 48 

Enon. A. M 2 45 

Hopewell, W. F. Orr, $1.00; F. Orr, $1.00; D. J. Orr, $5.00— F. 

M. and A. M 7 00 

Danville 9 15 

Danville, for F. M , $4.50; 8. M., $3.00; H. M., $1.00 8 50 

Miss Martha Washer, Salem church, F. M 1 00 

Brother and sisters at Russellville 85 

Baptist Rally at Somerville, F. M , S. M. and H. M 4 50 

" Hartselle, F. M 99 

" " Enon, F. M 05 

" •• Okalona, F. M., S M. and H. M., equally - 3 45 

" " Mount Nebo, F. M., S. M. and H. M., equally... 6 20 

" " Hillsboro, F. M 50 

« ti .. Trinity 35 

Total collected $63 09 

I sent to the different Boards $ 8 50 

Paid toBro Briscoe 4 93 

Settled with Treasurer, and paid him, March and May 9 98 

$23 42 

I collected from Okalona church, for Ministerial Education $ 2 00 

Prospect " " " «• 1 00 

Total ..„ $ 3 00 

Which was paid over to the Treasurer of that fund. 

I have received from the Treasurer on my services of 4 months and 

4 days $145 01 

There is still due me 20 32 



$165 33 



My work has been mainly directed to stirring up the churches to more 
active work in the Master's cause. I found a great deal of apathy and in- 
difference on the part of many church members. Upon inquiry I have 
found that there has been a great falling off in attendance upon the public 
worship, both by church members and people generally. 

During the past summer there have been some good meetings in many of 
the churches, and, I trust, the prospect is more hopeful. I have visited 
about fifty of the churches in the Association ; had appointments at two 
that I did not fill, and went to one where an appointment had been made, 
but it was not known. la the month of September I held a series of mis- 
hionary meetings, called "Baptist Rallies.'' These meetings at Somerville, 
Okolona and Mount Nebo, in Franklin county, were successful. They were 
well attended by the members of those churches and the people. At Hart- 
selle, Enon and Hillsboro they were failures, because neither many mem- 
bers nor people turned out. Bros. McClanahan, Atkinson and myself were 
the only ministers in attendance, at Hartselle. and no churches were repre- 
sented except Hartselle, and only very few of her members were present. 

At Enon we had Bros. Ounn, Biiscoe, T. R. Bragg and E. D. Stephenson. 
Danville, Shady Grove, Pleasant Hill, Enon and Pleasant Grove churches 
were represented. 



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At Hillsboro we had Bros. J. M. Roberts, J. W. Sandlin and Richard Nor- 
wood. East Decatur, Mount Pleasant church and Hillsboro ch arch were all 
that were represented. 

At the other meetings most of the churches were represented. I think 
such meetings, if attended, will accomplish much good, if prop- 
erly managed. I had thatour people need religious literature, and Baptist 
literature especially. The Association ought to continue the campaign of 
education. This is what my work has, in part, been, daring the four months 
I have been engaged. 

I assisted in re-organizing Mount Pleasant church, which had gone down 
and had had no meetings for several years. She will represent herself by 
delegates again in this .Association. Her former house of worship is so much 
out of repair that the church has decided to sell the brick and build them a 
frame house of worship. The church will ask the Executive Board to assist 
her in sustaining a pastor until she can get io a condition to be self-support- 
ing. I am of the opinion that it will be a wise thing to aid this church, and 
also others in the Tennessee Valley. From Decatur to Tuscumbia, a dis- 
tance of 43 miles, we have only three Baptist churches south of the railroad, 
and these three are weak, struggling bodies. If we put a good man in that 
field and help the churches to sustain him— let him give his whole time to 
the work, — we may reasonably expect that these churches will be strength- 
ened and grow to be self-sustaining. 

We must not let these inter* sts languish and die. One hundred dollars 
appropriated to sustain a pastor who will preach to these three churches — 
Mount Pleasant, Mission Grove and Mount Stanley — will enable them to 
keep up regular preaching. They doubtless can pay $150 

The great need we have now is to arouse the missionary spirit among our 
people. Gourtland is a point that ought to be cultivated. There is some 
evidence of a little life there. We have a few more Baptists in the place, 
but just now, from the lights before me, I would not advise the orgauization 
of a church. If we had some preaching place there, we might be able to or- 
ganize a church after awhile. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford; 1 

Bro. Briscoe was allowed farther time to prepare his report. 

MISCELLANEOUS business. 

The Clerk read a series of resolutions adopted at the Fifth Sunday Meet- 
ing held at Harmony church, in August last, and ordered to be sent to this 
Association as a suggestion. These resolutions relate to the re-districting of 
the Association. 

On motion to adopt the plan suggested, remarks were made by Bros. 
Shackelford, T. R. Bragg, Ivie, W. W. Nesmith, M. Briscoe and Cobbs, after 
which the subject was postponed, on motion of Bro. Ivie, until to-morrow 
morning, immediately after the devotional exercises. 

Elder Richard Norwood was permitted to present the needs of a Baptist 
church house at Gourtland. 

MESSENGERS TO OTHER BODIES. 

The following brethren were appointed as messengers to the bodies with 
which we correspond: 

Libertv Association— W. T. Oobba, Jos. Shackelford and J. M; Roberts. 

Big Bear Creek Association — J. W. Sandlin, J. S. Gibson, J. W. Horton 
and A. J. Thames. 

Cullman Association — Jos. Shackelford and M. Briscoe. 

Florence Association— E. Evans, A. J. Ivie and J. 8. Gibson. 

Alabama Baptist State Convention— R. T. Wear, J. M. Sandlin, E. S. At- 
kinson, Jos. Shackelford, J. M. Roberts, A.J.Thames, M. Briscoe, J. I. 
Stockton, R. P. McPherson and A. L. Moody. 



Southern Baptist Convention— E. S. Atkinson ; Jos. Shackelford, alternate. 

The Treasurer's report was called for. He asked for further time, which 
was granted. 



BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

The report of tnis Board was read, also the report of the Treasurer of the 
Board, and, on motion, they were adopted, as follows: 

REPORT OP THE BOARD OF MINISTERIAL. EDUCATION. 

To the Muscle Shoals Association : 

Dear Brethren: The first meeting of your Board for the past association- 
al year was held at Danville on Oct 12th, 18%. The members present were 
Bros. J. G. Orr, President; Jos. Shackelford, Secretary and Treasurer; Jesse 
Wallace and Jos Sandlin, — a quorum. The Secretary reported that the 
pledges at your last session for Ministerial Education amounted to $131.75, 
and, the old pledges paid in, would raise the amount to over $150.00. 

Bro. T. H. Johnson had been received as a beneficiary previous to the 
meeting of the Association, and at this meeting the Board had an applica- 
tion from Bro. R. L Quinn for aid. He was a licentiate belonging to Mount 
Nebo church, Franklin county. He was highlv recommended by brethren 
who knew him as a promising young man. On motion, it was agreed to 
help Bros. Johnson and Quinn to the amount of $75.00 each, trusting that 
all the pledges wonld be redeemed. These two young men have attended 
the Danville School during the last session, and made commendable pro- 

tress. Bro. Johnson graduated, and is now employed as an assistant in the 
chool. Bro. Quinn has entered the School during the present session. 

The practice of the Board has been to give assistance to young ministers 
for two years; after the two years we expect them to work their own way. 
We think it advisable that Bro. Quinn should be assisted another year. He 
is a good student, and gives promise of making a useful minister. 

The Board has one other application for aid. and we know of two other 
brethren who expect to apply for aid to help them attend the Danville 
School. We ate unable to take any action until the funds for helping 
them appear in sight. 

It will take at least $225.00 to enable us to help three ycmg men. Will 
the churches give it to us? We trust the Association will make an earnest 
effort to raise the amount suggested. It is proper for us to say that churches 
and individuals who pledge to this fund should strive to pay their pledges, 
or part of them, as soon as possible, as the money will be needed to pay 
board at the end of every month. 

Accompanying this report is the report of the Treasurer, which was read 
and approved by the Board at a meeting held Sept. 6th, 1896. This will 
show the amount of receipts and expenditures of the Board for the year. 
It will also show that nearly all the pledges have been paid. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. G. 



Jos. Shackelford, 

Secretin* v 
Danville, Ala., Sept. 30th, 1896. 



Orr, 
President. 



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REPORT OP TREASURER OP BOARD OP MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer, In account with tlie Board of Ministerial Education. 
1885. 

Oct. 8. To cash from Rocky Creek church $ 50 

Blue Spring church 4 45 

19. W. D.Trwin, Treas. of Ass'n, Ed. P 56 55 

Dec. 6. First church, New Decatur, per Briscoe 12 88 

22. Tuscumbia church 4 86 

1896 

Feb. 5. Danville church 1 80 

Blue Spring church 2 75 

Central church, Decatur 5 00 

18. Mount Fifgah church 2 00 

Wm. East, Mount Nebo church, Franklin Co 10 00 

22. Enon church 145 

24. MoultoD church 3 85 

28. W. D. Irwin, Hartselle, 8. 8. last year 5 00 

Mar. 4. Russelville church 5 00 

7. D.F.Green 100 

24. Town Creek church 5 00 

Mount Hope church 5 00 

R T. Wear 5 00 

Cherry Hill church 2 00 

Pleasant Hill church J 60 

31. Central Grove... 2 00 

May 29. Moul ton Sunday School 5 00 

Moulton church 1 35 

June 22. Okolona 2 00 

Prospect church 1 00 

Daniel Orr 5 00 

27. Bethel church, Colbert county 2 00 

Sept. 6. Pleasant Hill church, per J. G. Orr 45 

$153 99 
1895. Contra. 

Oct. 8. By amount paid Bro. Briscoe on last year $ 4 95 

22. Bro. Briscoe on last year 10 00 

23. T.H.Johnson 10 00 

Nov. 4. T. H. Johnson 163 

Bro. Briscoe „ 1 63 

8. Bro. Quinn 8 00 

Dec. 6. Bro. Quinn 8 00 

Bro. Johnson 10 00 

Bro. Briscoe 12 88 

1896 

Jan. 12. Bro. Quinn, board 8 00 

24. Bro. Johnson 5 00 

Feb. 4. Bro. Johnson.... 5 00 

5. Bro. Briscoe 2 75 

18. Bro. Johnson 2 00 

Bro. Quinn, board 8 00 

22. Tiro. Johnson 3 25 

Mar. 7. Bro. Johnson 6 00 

24. Bro. Quinn, board 8 00 

31. Bro. Johnson, Center Grove church 2 00 

Bro. Johnson 3 00 

Apr. 30. Bro. Johnson 5 00 

May 2. Bro. Quinn, cash 7 50 

Bro. Quinn, board 4 30 

29. Bro. Quinn, board .6 35 



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Jane 22. By amount paid Bro. Qu am, board 4 00 

27. Bro. Quinn, board 5 00 

Sept Bro. Quinn, board 119 

For Postage 56 



Respectfully submitted, 



$153 99 



Jos. Shackelford, 
Treasurer. 



Danville, Ala., Sept. 30, 1896. 
On motion, adjourned for one hour. Prayer by Bro. Albert Briscoe. 
During the proceedings of the morning, Bro. J. I. Stockton presided, at 
the request of the Moderator, who was called away to attend a burial service. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

Pj.*ayer by Bro. J. M. Roberts. 

Called for delayed letters from churches, when the following were read 

and names of delegates enrolled : 

Mount NebofM.)— D. W. 8herril, J. R. Witt and J. C. Rockett 
Hillsboro— W. R. Aycock. 

REPORTS OF STANDING COMMITTEES. 

The Moderator called for reports of the Standing Committees on Missions, 
which were read in the following order: 
On State Missions— by Bro. T. R. Bragg. 
On Foreign Missions— by Bro. J. Gunn. 
On Home Missions— by Bro. W. T. Cobbs. 
On Associational Missions — by Bro. R. L. Quinn. 

The whole subject of Missions was then discussed by brethren J. Gunn, J. 
W. Sandlin, J. M. Roberts and Joe. Shackelford. The latter, at the request 
of the Moderator, took pledges for Missions from the churches and individ- 
uals: 



PLEDGES FOR MISSIONS FROM CHURCHES. 



Bethel (CA Pd $5.00 F. C $ 15 00 

Central. New Decatur 30 00 

Cherry Hill 5 00 

Hartselle 51 00 

Mt. Nebo (F.) 20 00 

New Prospect 5 00 

Rnssellville 10 00 

Somerville 10 00 

Tuscumbia 30 00 

Decatur, First 20 00 

Enon 15 00 

Gum8Dring(L.) 5 00 

Hopewell 10 00 

Macedonia (M.), Pd F. C 4 00 

Mt. Nebo (M.).i 5 00 

New Hope, Pd F. C. 2 75 

Rocky Creek 5 00 

Pleasant Bill 5.00 

Town Creek 20 00 

New Decatur, First.. 65 00 

Moulton S. 8 5 00 

Central, N. D., 8. 8 5 00 

Town Creek 8. 8 2 50 

Mt Pleasant 5 00 



Bethel (M.), Pd F. C... 

Center Grove 

Hillsboro 

Mt. Zion (M.), Pd F. C. 

Mt Pisgah 

Okolona 

Sheffield „ 

Shady Grove ; 

Trinity, Pd F. C 

Danville 

Friendship 

Gum Spring, Pd F. C... 

Macedonia (F.) 

Lebanon 

Mt Zion (L.) 

Moulton 

Pleasant Grove 

Salem 

Siloam 

Liberty 

Tuscumbia 8. 8 

Rnssellville 8. 8 

Danville 8. 8 

Mt. Stanley 

Mt Hope 



$350 25 
Total from churches and Sunday Schools 



,.$ 6 00 
. 5 00 
.. 15 00 
,. 5 00 
.. 12 00 
.. 10 00 
. 10 00 
,. 6 00 
.. 8 40 
. 50 00 
. 3 00 

5 50 
. 16 00 

5 00 
. 10 00 
. 20 00 
. 5 00 
. 6 00 
. 3 00 
. 5 00 
. 10 00 

5 00 
. 5 00 
. 5 00 
. 20 00 

$248 90 
.$599 15 



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INDIVIDUAL PLEDGES. 
(Made on tue suggestion of Bro. J. C. Vincent.) 



W. L Hall $ 2 50 

J. C. Vincent 5 00 

Jos. Suackel ford 5 00 

A.. J. Thames 5 00 

Lncian Wear ... 2 50 

J. M. Orman 2 50 

R T Ryland 2 50 

W. C. Cowan 2 50 

J. P. Masterson 2 50 



A. L. Moody $ 6 00 

J. W. Sandlin 5 00 

M. Briscoe 5 00 

J. M. Roberts 5 00 

J. 8 Richey 2 50 

PeterClay 2 50 

Luther Wear 2 50 

J. 8. Gibson 2 50 

F. Utter 2 50 

W. M. Roan 1 00 



$30 00 $33 50 

Total individual pieces $ 63 50 

Total from churches < ad Sunday Schools 599 15 



Cash collections 



$622 65 

. 8 98 



Total for Missions $071 63 

After the collections tl j various reports were adopted, as follows: 
REP( KT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

We learn from the For ign Mission Board that the work of the missiona- 
ries has been greatly bl*"-*ed by God the last year; 735 have been baptized 
on the fields, which is, bv far, the largest number in the history of our work. 

We have missionaries in Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Africa, China and Japan. 
The foreign field is very large, embracing ab jut two-thirds of the populated 
world. We have in those fields 98 churches, 128 out stations, 38 male mis- 
sionaries, 48 female missionaries; native assistants ordained, 34;nnordained as- 
sistants, males,67 ;females. 8. Increase by baptism,735 ;by letter,109 ;by restora- 
tion, 14; total increase, 858. Decreased by death, 34; by letter, 120; by ex- 
clusion, 143; total decrease, 297. Present membership, 4,295 Number of 
Sunday School scholars, 1,713; houses of worship, 30; day schools, 31; schol- 
ars, 851. Contributions to Missions, $5,553 20. This amount shows their 
1 i hpT*fll i t v 

The Southern Baptist Convention received last year $102,056.15, and ex- 
pended $105,118 90,— therefore the income was not equal to the outlay. The 
board reports a debt of $26,092 89. This is a heavy debt and we should use 
some means to liquidate it, and make our annual income equal to our ex- 
penditures. Brethren, what can we do? There is a demand upon us to do 
all in our power. Look at the facts in the case. First, the world is lost; 
not merely may be, or will be, lost, but is now lo8t— lost by the fall! 

Therefore Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He sought, prayed, wept 
and preached, suffered and died, to save the lost. He came not to call the 
righteous, but sinners to repentance. The world was dead in trespasses and 
sin. The Holy Spirit quickens and makes alive— Eph. 2:1. The command 
of the Savior was, "Go teach all nations, baptizing them." These nations 
are untaught. It is our privilege and duty to God and man to preach the 
gospel to every creature. By tneir condition and environment they are 
saying, "Come over and heip us." Secondly: Can we help them? Let us 
see. There are in the Muscle Shoals Association some 3,000 members. If 
we could give $1.00 a member, then we would have $3,000.00. Can we not 
do *his? Is any one so poor that $1.00 would affect his or her living? Jesus 
gave his life for us, now let us give $1.00 of our living for his cause. In this 
way we comply with the Word of God which says, "Give as the Lord has 
prospered you;" "Give and it shall be given unto yon." 

Now, if we should give the $3,000.00, we would have $750.00 for each of 
the four Boards we are trying to Bustain. This amount, judiciously ex- 
pended, would result in much good to the cause. - 

We should remember that "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness there- 



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of, the world and they that dwell therein."— Ps. 24 :1. We are only stewards 
here below. God designs that we shall improve the talents he has entrust- 
ed to ns for his glory. Therefore we should give oor time, talent and money, 
and humbly pray the Lord that the effort made for the salvation of the 
world may be blessed by Him for tbe accomplishment of the desired end. 
Then we can look forward to the glorious time wuen it will be said. "The 
kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of Jesus 
Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever."— Rev. 11:15. 

Respectfully submitted, J. Gunw. 

REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 

"iour Committee on Home Missions, submit the following report: 

It is gratifying to us to know that the efforts of the Home Board have not 
been in vain, but God has graciously blessed their efforts during the last 
conventional year. Notwithstanding the great opposition that oar mission- 
aries have had to contend with, yet, under God, they have been enabled to 
lead many precious souls to Christ, as the statistics of the last conventional 
year will show, — setting forth facts that should be encouraging to us, show- 
ing that there has not been a more prosperous year's work in the history of 
tbe Home Board. 

Work of last year: missionaries employed, 411; weeks of labor, 12 329; 
churches and stations, 1,626; sermons and addres-es, 58,041; prayer meet- 
ings. 9,622; baptisms, 5,617 ; received by letter, 6,672; total additions, 13,295; 
Sunday scoools organized, 372; teachers and pupils, 12,635; religious visits, 
61 468; churches constituted, 207; houses of worship built, 92; booses of wor- 
ship improved, 146; amount expended on houses of worship, $86 209 00; Bi- 
bles and Testaments distributed, 2,595; tracts distributed, pages, 726,675. 

With these facts before us, we are encouraged to say to this Association : 
Dear brethren, let us stand by our Home Board with our prayers and with 
our means — that we are co-laborers together with them in the salvation of 
the lost. Owing to the fearful drouth that has prevailed in the territory, 
unless our Home Board can be sustained, so as to aid on that field, a num- 
ber of our missionaries will have to abandon their work there. Again, the 
great war that has been going on in Cuba c?."« upon us to renew our ener- 
gies and our contributions in this field. Brethren, let us attempt great 
things for God, and expect great things from G"od. • 

Respectfully submitted, W. T. Cobbs, 

Chairman. 
REPORT ON STATE MISSION BOARD. 

Your Committee on State Missions, in submitting this, our report, beg to 
call attention to the importance of the work of the State Mission Board. 
All our work as a denomination in securing means to advance the Mission 
cause, in State, Home and Foreign fields T together with the Col portage work 
and Ministerial Education, comes under tbe supervision of the State Board. 
Thus we find the Board engaged in missionary pastoral work, missionary 
evangelical work, colportage, ministerial, institute and educational work, 
etc. With this vast amount of labor upon the Board, we cannot urge too 
strongly a liberal support of this Board. Let everyone, in the fear of God 
and love for His cause, sustain this worthy agent in the Mission cause. . 
Respectfully submitted, T. R. Bragg, 

M. Briscob. 

REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL, MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Associational Missions submit the following report: 

Notwithstanding the fact that we have had brethren Shackelford and 
Briscoe's labors as missionaries during the past year, there is a great deal of 
work still to be done in this line. Many destitute places and quite a large 
number of weak churches, which need to be developed in the various inter- 
ests of our denomination. Therefore, we recommend the continuation of 
at least one missionary colporter within our bounds. 

Respectfully submitted, R. L. Quinn. 

On motion, adjourned to meet to-morrow at 8:30 o'clock. 

Prayer by Bro. Quinn. 



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THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS. 



Saturday, Oct. 3, 1896, 8:30 A. M. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

The devotional exercises were conducted by Elder J. E. Weaver, after 
which the Association proceeded to business. 

The minutes of yesterday were read, and, after some corrections, were ap- 
proved. 

The special order for this hour being the resolutions of the District Meet- 
ing at Harmony, they were taken up. Bro. I vie made some remarks and 
made a motion that authority be given to the Moderator and Clerk to give 
letters to churches that wished to be dismissed from the Association. This 
motion was laid on the table. The resolutions, on motion, were again read, 
and, after a speech from Bro. T. R. Bragg, explaining his position on the 
question of dividing the Association, on motion, the whole subject was laid 
on the table. 

EDUCATION. 

The subject of Education was then taken up, and the report on Education 
was read by Bro. D. F. Green. 

Tbe report on Ministerial Education was read by Bro. Jos. Shackelford. 

The subject of Education was then discussed by Bros. J. Gunn, D. F. 
Green, Wm. East, J. C. Vincent, R. T. Wear, J. M. Roberts and Albert Bris- 
noe, after which pledges were taken up for Ministerial Education by Bro. 
Jos. Shackelford, as follows: 

PLEDGES FROM CHURCHES AND SUNDAY SCHOOLS FOR 
.MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 



Bethel(C) $ 2 00 

Bethel (M.) 2 50 

Central. N. D., S. S 5 00 

Cherry Hill 2 00 

Decatur, First 5 00 

Friendship 1 00 

Gum Spring (M.), by W.M.Roan 1 50 

Hillsboro 5 00 

Hartselle 5 00 

Macedonia (M.) 1 00 

Mt. Nebo(F.) 10 00 

Mt. Hope 5 00 

Mt. Pisgah, Paid 2 00 

Mt.8tanley 2 00 

New Decatur, First 10 00 

Russellville 5 00 

Sheffield 5 00 

Pleasant Hill 2 00 

Tnscnmbia 10 00 

Trinity 2 50 

Mt. Pleasant 3 00 

Russelville 8. 8 2 00 



Bethany $ 2 50 

Blue Spring 5 00 

Center Grove 2 50 

Danville 10 00 

Enon 2 50 

Falkville 2 50 

Harmony 1 00 

Hopewell 5 00 

Macedonia (F.), Paid 50 cents.. 2 00 

Mt Zion (L ) 2 00 

Mt. Nebo (M.) 2 50 

Moulton 10 00 

Moulton 8. 8 5 00 

New Prospect 1 00 

Okolona 3 00 

Rocky Creek 5 00 

Somerville 2 50 

Shady Grove 1 00 

Town Creek „ 10 00 

Liberty 2 00 

Town Creek 8. S 2 5C 

Okolona 8. 8 2 00 



$88 50 



$81 50 
88 50 



Total from churches ..$170 00 



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INDIVIDUAL PLEDGES AND COLLECTIONS. 



M. Briscoe $ 5 00 

J. W. Sandlin 10 00 

A. L. Moody, Paid 5 00 

J. C. Vincent, Paid 7 50 

A. J. Thames, Paid 1 00 

J. C. Tubbs 1 00 

E. 8. Atkinson 2 50 

J- P. Henderson 2 50 

T. H. Johnson 5 00 

R. Norwood 5 00 

w - L. Hall 2 50 

W. T. Cobbs, Paid 1 OO 

J. R. Blackman 1 00 

W. S.Muston .' 1 00 

Emmet Tubbs.* 100 

W. M. Jolly, Paid 1 00 



W. J. Young $ 2 00 

Alraira Nicheison 50 

Mrs. E. J. Tubbs 25 

Mrs. Eaton Jemmison 25 

Miss Tenny Masterson 50 

Mrs. Emily Bynum 1 00 

George Jackson, Paid 5 00 

Public collection 5 64 

Mrs. M. C. Masterson, Paid.... 1 00 

Mrs. 8. A. Norwood 25 

Mrs. E. M. Sandlin 1 00 

Mrs. Ninney Wear 50 

Mrs. Harvey Mcflanaban 50 

Mrs. E. P. Robinson 50 

Mrs. Alice Henley 25 

Mr. Forney Steenson 5 00 



$53 00 



$24 14 
53 00 



Total from individuals and collections $77 14 

Total from churches and Sunday Schools .............".... ....170 00 

Total for Ministerial Education $247~14 

The reports on Education were then adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

We are glad to report that there seems to be more interest manifested in 
education than heretofore, especially in certain communities within our 
Association. But the awakening is not general enough. We wish to urge 
upon our people the great necessity of a Christian education. Many of our 
school rooms are filled with ungodly men. This should not be. If our 
children are t»ained under men who care not for Christ and his kingdom 
how can we expect our boys and girls to make God fearing and God lovine 
men and women? 6 

Your committee would urge upon each church to remember our denomi- 
national schools. Each chur«h ought to feel duty bound to use its influence 
to get boys and girls to attend these schools. Our school at Danville offers 
as good advantages as you can get anywhere for the money, if not better. 
1 he Howard and Judson afford best advantages, we believe, for those who 
wish a more extended course. 80 let our people rally to the support of these 
schools. If Baptists do not, who will ? Let us not let our schools go down 
because of our neglect, but let us send our boys and girls in, and God will 
bless us and them, and we shall rejoice in the fact that our children are 
strengthened in the Baptist faith— the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Chri8t - P. P. Gbbes, 

J. N. Jackson, 
J. G. Oeb, 

Committee. 

MINISTERIAL EDUCATION. 

This subject has claimed the attention of this Association for many years 
and we are glad to know that many of our brethren and churches have ap- 
preciated the importance and necessity of an educated ministry, and have 
shown their appreciation by their liberal contributions. The necessity of 
educating our ministers is as great now, if not greater, than ever. The 
masses are being better educated, owing to the multiplication of good 
schools among our people, and hence the necessity of our ministers being 
better educated to keep ahead of the people. A man who is called of God 



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to preach His gospel can do a great deal of good, though he may not possess 
the advantages of a good education ; but he can do a great deal more good if 
he is educated. As God's people we must make use of all legitimate means 
to advance the cause of our Master. If fitting and preparing a man to 
preach the gospel more successfully can be done by educating him, we 
should educate him, if he is not able to educate himself. The duty of main- 
taining an efficient ministry is laid upon the churches. To make our minis- 
ters we must give them an education or belp them to get it. 

This is only another phase of the mission work We as truly manifest 
the missionary spirit by assisting a man called of God to preach th* gospel 
by assisting him to better prepare himself for that work, as we do in help- 
ing him to preach as a missionary after he is prepared- All of God's min- 
isters are missionaries. They are sent of God to call sinners to repentance 
and tell the glad tidings of salvation to a lost soul. While our uneducated 
ministers, who are called of God. are doing a good work and have done a 
good work, we would not underrate what our denomination owes to these 
faithful, self-sacrificing servants of God, yet they, themselves, recognize the 
necessity of being better prepared for their work. Many of them had not 
the opportunities of securing an education as we have now. It was not in 
their power. They see the importance o' having educated men to combat 
the hosts of errors that are so prevalent. In these times it is different. The 
facilities of securing an education are within the reach of nearly all young 
men who are entering the ministry. And if they are not, it is the duty of 
the churches to put them within their reach. By a little help from all our 
churches in this Association we can put it in the power of three young men 
every year to secure a partial education, and so assist them that they can be 
able to finish their education by their own exertion. The young man who 
feels that God has called him to preach the gospel should not rest satisfied 
until he receives an education that will enable him to be a more efficient 
worker in the vineyard of the Lord. We trust that this Association will 
continue the good work which she has been doing for many years in fur- 
nishing such aid to worthy and promising young men who are called of 
God to preach the gospel as will enable them to secure a partial education, 
so that thev can, by their own exertions, finish the work which we have 
helped them to commence. Respectfully submitted, 

Jos. Shackelford, 
Chairman. 
orphans' home. 

The report on the Orphans' Home, at Evergreen, was read by Bro. Jj. C. 
Weaver, and was discussed by Bros. J. W. Sandlin, Albert Briscoe and A. J. 
Thames, after which it was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON ORPHANS' HOME. 

Your Committee on Orphans' Home would report the following: 
By the faithful management of Elder J. W. Stewart, the Orphans' Home, 
at Evergreen, is doing a good work. Children are being protected and reared 
under moral and spiritual influences. Their nobler elements of character 
are developed, and they are fitted for usefulness and honor in this world 
and for glory in the world to come. We recommend that this noble work 
become a matter of prayerful consideration; that we remember it in our ap- 
propriations, holding up with our hands and em bracing with our hearts the 
dear ones who are left on the cold charities of the world. 

Respectfully submitted, J. C. Wjcavbb, 

Chairman. 

Bro. Jos. Shackelford presented the claims of the Sunday School Board of 
the Southern Baptist Convention to the Association, and urged the Sunday 
Schools to get their Sunday School literature from that Board through our 
State Mission Board, at Montgomery, Ala. 

On motion, the Association adjourned until 1 o'clock p. m. 

Prayer by Bro. J. Gunn. 



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AFTERNOON SE88ION. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 
Prayer by Bro. J. D. McClanahan. 

KEPOBT OF DEVOTIONAL COMMITTEE. 

The Committee on Devotional Exercises reported as follows- 

Snnday, 9 a. m.— Sunday School Address by J. C. Weaver. 
10:30 a. m.— Jos. Shackelford. 

I p. m. — A. J. Thames. 

II a. m — at Colored church, J. D. McClanahan. 

treasurer's report. 
Bro. W. D. Irwin, the Treasurer, made the following report: 

REPORT OP TREASURER. 

W. D. Irwin, In Account vnth Muscle Shoals Association. 
1895. 

Oct. 7. To balance on hand $117 97 

Cash from Finance Committee *..'..."..'.. 343 00 

Interest on Jos. Shackelford not* 16 00 

19. Cash from Finance Committee 88 80 

Hillsboro church io 00 

Rock Creek church 2 55 

Blue Spring church 2 50 

Decatur church 50 00 

J. D. McClanahan 1 90 

W.T.Cobb 6 55 

Dec. 16. T. W. Lynch note 45 00 

1896. 

Mar. 6. T. W. Lynch note 10 00 

Apr. 28. Hillsboro church 4 65 

July 1. Enon church 2 45 

Town Creek church 1 88 

Bethel church (M.) 1 00 

F.C.Owen bequest 20 00 

Oct. 1. Somerville church, F. M 5 09 

Hillsboro church, F. M 2 00 

Harmony ch,F. M. $1.70, H.M. $1.78 3 48 

Hopewell" " $3.50, A. M. $3.50 7 00 

Danville church, A. M 9 15 

Salem church, F. M 100 

Brothers and sisters of Russellville 

church, F. M 85 

Bapt't Rally of Somerville ch, F. M 4 50 

Hartselle church, F. M. 99 

Enon church, F. M 05 

Okolonach, F., 8. & H. Boards 3 45 

Mt. Nebo ch, F. M. $2 00, S. M. $2.00, 

H.M. $2.20 . 6 20 

• Hillsboro church, F. M 2 50 

Trinity church, F. M 35— $768 86 






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1895. Cb. 

Oct. 7. By am't paid J. I. 8tockton $26 00 

T. W. Lynch, note 74 85 

8. J. W. Sandlin 62 77 

A. E. Burns 21 45 

Minutes 50 00 

Clerk fees 25 00 

Jos. Shackelford, Treas. Mis. Board... 56 55 

J. W. 8andlin 50 00 

Foreign Mission Board 29 88 

Home Mission Board 11 66 

Nov. 7. J. E. Rone 20 00 

Marion Briscoe 7 00 

W. T. Cobb 10 00 

G. A. Ron* 6 65 

J. D. McClananan 1 90 

1896. 
Feb. 29. Ministerial Education Board 5 00 

J. 8peer 10 00 

Apr. 18. Jos. Shackelford, for Bap'st literat'e. 6 00 

28. Jos. Shackelford, on salary 40 00 

July 1. Jos. Shackelford, on salary 45 33 

Marion Briscoe, salary 24 00 

Aug. 31. Jos. Shackelford, on salary 20 00 

Sept. 1. Marion Briscoe, on salary 10 00 

Oct. 1. Jos. Shackelford, on salary 39 68 

Marion Briscoe, on salary 4 93— 656 75 

Balance on hand $112 11 

NEW EXECUTIVE BOARD. 

Bro. J. W. Sandlin offered the following resolution, appointing the Exec- 
utive Board and Treasurer, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the following brethren be appointed members of the Ex- • 
ecutive Board of this Association for the ensuing year, viz: O. D Gibson, A. 
W. Bailey, W. D. Irwin, Dr. J. M. Kichens, A. L Moody, J. C. Tidwell. J. 
M. Sandlin, J M. Shoemaker, H. B. Irwin, Dr. R. M. Simpson, J. G. Orr, 
Wm East and G. W. Jackson ; and that seven constitute a quorum ; and that 
W. D. Irwin be the Treasurer of the Association. 

COMMITTEE ON TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION. 

The Moderator appointed the following brethren to report on time and 
place of meeting of the next Association, and the preacher of the Introduc- 
tory Sermon : 

W. T. Cobbs, J. D. McClananan, W. M. Jolly, J. H. Butler, J. G. Bates and 
W. 8. Johnaon. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

The Report on Temperance was read by Bro. R P. McPherson. On mo- 
tion to adopt, it was dipcussed by Bros. M. Briscoe, J. M. Sandlin, J. 8. Gib- 
son, A. J. Ivie and Jos. Shackelford, after which it was adopted as fol- 
lows: 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 



There is no doubt that the question of intemperance is one of the most 
appalling to which the attention of the American people id directed. The 
corruption of youth, the disturbance of families, and the degradation of 
communities, and other evils too numerous to mention, are indisputable 



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facta; that the allies of intemperance are going about like a roaring lion 
seeking whom they may devour. In view of these facts we earnestly rec- 
ommend that the ministers take a biblical and decided stand for temper- 
ance; that our churches prayerfully and carefully keep from their mem- 
bership any who drink, sell or cause to be sold as a beverage anything that 
will intoxicate; that the Muscle Shoals Association give her undivided 
support to any movement that has for it* object the tearing down of the 
strongholds of intemperance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Richard T. McPhkrson, 
Chairman. 

COLPOBTAGB. 

Bro. E. 8. Atkinson read the report on Colportage, which was adopted as 
follows: 

REPORT ON COLPORTAGE. 

We, your committee, beg leave to submit the following report on Colport- 
age work: 

This is a cause of paramount importance and demands the earnest and 
prayerful attention of all who have the cause of Christ and the upbuilding 
of his cause at heart Colportage work is one of the ways by which the 
world is to be evangelized; and the way by which this work can be accom- 
plished most successfully, is 

The distribution of sacred literature among the people. 

(1) The first of which is the Bible. There are many people who have 
no Bibles, and shall we who have opportunity of giving the word of God to 
our fellow-man withhold from him that which would prove to bim the 
greatest blessing? for the "word uf God is able to make them wise unto sal- 
vation." 

(2) Then the circulation of Baptist literature and tracts on missions 
among the people. Many of the homes of the back districts of our country 
have nothing to read except some local newspaper, and some not even that; 
but you can find trashy novels that are poisoning their brain, and if good 
literature were distributed among such people at the expense of the Associa- 
tion it would be of lasting good. Many seed would be sown tnat would 
bring forth abundant harvests, and many places where now grow thorns 
and thistles would be transplanted by the sweetest flowers. 

Again the past year's experience of our evangelists shows the impor- 
tance of this work. 

He has been faithful, he has done his duty and has distributed tracts and 
literature among those who were not able to buy them, and from his report 
we feel that much good has been accomplished. If he had gone into darker 
corners of the Association, we feel confident that much more good would 
have been accomplished. 

" (3) We hope that the Executive Committee will continue the Associa- 
tional Evangelist and an assistant We would suggest that our Evangelist 
go to the more destitute parts of the Association as often as he can ; and 
that the Executive Committee expend sufficient funds to buy Bibles, 
tracts, etc , for the Evangelist, and that he give to those who are not able or 
willing to buy. 

May the day soon come when not only the Muscle Shoals Association, but 
of all North Alabama where ignorance and vice now reigns shall be brought 
to Christ and laid a trophy at His blessed feet. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. 8. Atkinson. 

SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

The report on Sunday Schools was read by Bro. A. J. Thames, and after 
some remarks by Bro. M. Briscoe, it was adopted, as follows: 



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REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

Your committee on Sunday Schools would submit the following re- 
Last year of the fifty-five churches, sixteen reported schools with a 
membership of 421. This year of the 56 churches, thirty-six report schools 
with a membership of 1219. Ten of the schools give no statistics. Five 
report a summer session. They go ito "winter quarters." We suggest 
that real spirituality stands cold as well as beat and therefore it is best 
that it continue all the year. We would urge the officers to give full re- 
ports of their work so we can estimate our strength. We would recom- 
mend the literature of the Southern Baptist Convention, publisbel at Nash- 
ville, Tenn. We think where a denominational school can't be had that 
a union school should be organized. A union school is better than no 
school at all. , , 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. Thambs. 

The following resolution was offered by Bro. Job. Shackelford, which was 

Resolved, That a committee consisting of O.G. Lynch, D. F. Green, E.8. 
Atkinson, J. C. Weaver and W. D Irwin, be appointed to take into consid- 
eration the propriety of organizing a Sunday 8chool Convention within the 
bounds of this Association, and if tbey think necessary to call such a 
convention at such time and place as they may think proper. 

DIVISION OF FUNDS. 

Bro. J. W. Sandlin offered the following resolution, which was 

Resolved, That the Treasurer of the Association is hereby instructed to send 
what monies he may receive from the churches for Foreign, State and Home 
Missions directly to the State Mission Board, Montgomery. Ala., and in 
addition to the amounts which the churches have directed to be sent to 
these different Boards, and have alreadv sent to them, th« Treasurer is 
hereby instructed to send to the State Mission Board a sufficient sum to 
make the contribution from this Association amount to $50 to the State 
Mission Board, $50 to the Foreign Mission Board an<* $50 to the Home Mis- 
sion Board at Atlanta. 

CIBCULATION OF BAPTI8T LITEBATUBB. 

Bro. J. I. Stockton offered the following resolutions, which were 

Whereas, there is a great need of purely Baptist literature among the 
members of our churches, therefore be it 

Resolved, 1st. That a committee of three be appointed to take this mat- 
ter into hand, and raise all the funds possible, and report to the next meet- 
ing of this body. . ', ' - , * * * • . *__„*_ 

2d. That this fund shall be expended in the purchase of doctrinal tracts 
and turned over to the churches for free distribution among the members. 

The Moderator appointed as the committee to carry this resolution into 

effect: 
Bros. J. I. Stockton, T. R. Bragg and J. W. Sandlin. 



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DECEASED MINISTERS. 

Bro. J. I. Stockton read the report on Deceased Ministers as follows: 
REPORT ON DECKASED MINISTERS. 

We, your committee to report on Deceased Ministers, report that on the 
22nd of July, 1896, our much beloved brother, John Speer, sweetly fell 
asleep in Jeans, leaving a devoted Christian wife and comparatively helpless 
family. Bro Speer fell on the field at the early age of 39, just at the age 
when men ripen into the most useful period of life. He was a man full of 
zeal, and, being a close student, he had gathered more than a usual amount 
of knowledge of the Bible and literature. He was a man of the deepest con- 
victions of what he believed to be the truth. As a pastor he was very suc- 
cessful, and as the appointee of our Associational and State Boards he did a 
great deal of hard and successful work for the cause of truth. But now, 
inasmuch as it has pleased God to take from our ministerial ranks our dear 
brother Speer, we humbly submit to the providence of our allwise, merci- 
ful and loving Father in Heaven. J. I. Stockton, 

W. W. Nesmith, 
J. J. Sandlin. 

Committee. 

On motion of Bro. Stockton, 15 minutes were spent in memorial services of 
Elder John Speer. 

Elder Jos. Shackelford made some remarks concerning Bro. Speer, after 
which Elder R. T. Wear led in prayer. 

A collection was then taken up for the benefit of Bro. Speer's family, 
amounting to $10.50, which was handed over to Bro. J. I. Stockton to be 
conveyed to Sister Speer. 



DOCUMENTS. 

Bro. J. E. Weaver read the report of the Committee on Documents, which 
was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

We, your Committee on Documents, report as follows: 
We find 52 letters from the churches. These letters report 36 Sabbath 
Schools and 11 prayer meetings, regularly kept up. Five churches ask for 
the next meeting of the Association, viz : Mount Zion, in Lawrence, Trinity, 
Central in New Decatur, Hartselle and Falkville. New Friendship and 
New Center ask for aid to help them build honses of worship. Mount Pleas- 
ant asks for aid for pastoral support 

Respectfully submitted, J. E. Weaver, 

J. D. McClanahan, 
Petee Clay, 

Committee. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS. 

Bro. J. W. Sandlin offered the following resolution, which was unani- 
mously adopted : 

Resolved, That we, the delegates of Muscle Shoals Association, tender our 
thanks to Town Creek church and the people of the vicinity for their kind- 
ness and hospitality extended to us during our stay in their midst. 

REPORT OF BRO. BRISCOE. 

Bro. Briscoe made the following report, which was received and ordered 
to be spread on the minutes: 



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REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 
Your committee on Sunday Schools would submit the following re- 
Last year of the fifty-five churches, sixteen reported schools with a 
membership of 421. This year of the 56 churches, thirty-six report schools 
with a membership of 1219. Ten of the schools give no statistics. Five 
report a summer session. They go ito "winter quarters." We suggest 
that real spirituality stands cold as well as beat and therefore it is best 
that it continue all the year. We would urge the officers to give full re- 
ports of their work so we can estimate our strength. We would recom- 
mend the literature of the Southern Baptist Convention, published at Nash- 
ville, Tenn. We think where a denominational school can't be had that 
a union school should be organized. A union school is better than no 

school at all. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. Thambs. 

The following resolution was offered by Bro. Jos. Shackelford, which was 

* Resolved, That a committee consisting of C.G. Lynch, D. F. Green, E.8. 
Atkinson, J. C. Weaver and W. D Irwin, be appointed to take into consid- 
eration the propriety of organizing a Sunday School Convention within the 
bounds of this Association, and if tbey think necessary to call such a 
convention at such time and place as they may think proper. 

DIVISION OF FUNDS. 

Bro. J. W. Sandlin offered the following resolution, which was 

Resolved, That the Treasurer of the Association is hereby instructed to send 
what monies he may receive from the churches for Foreign, State and Home 
Missions directly to the State Mission Board, Montgomery. Ala., and in 
addition to the amounts which the churches have directed to be sent to 
these different Boards, and have alreadv sent to them, the Treasurer is 
hereby instructed to send to the State Mission Board a sufficient sum to 
make the contribution from this Association amount, to $60 to the State 
Mission Board, $50 to the Foreign Mission Board an<* $50 to tbe Home Mis- 
sion Board at Atlanta. 

CIBCTJIiATION OF BAPTIST LITEBATUBB. 

Bro. J. I. 8tockton offered the following resolutions, which were 

Whereas, there is a great need of purely Baptist literature among the 
members of our churches, therefore be it 

Resolved, 1st. That a committee of three be appointed to take this mat- 
ter into hand, and raise all tbe funds possible, and report to the next meet- 
ing of this body. . , , .. . . 

2d That this fund shall be expended in the purchase of doctrinal tracts 
and turned over to the churches for free distribution among the members. 

The Moderator appointed as the committee to carry this resolution into 

effect: 
Bros. J. I. Stockton, T. R. Bragg and J. W. Sandlin. 



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DECEASED MINISTERS. 

Bro. J. I. Stockton read the report on Deceased Ministers as follows: 
REPORT ON DECEASED MINISTERS. 

We, your committee to report on Deceased Ministers, report that on the 
22nd of July, 1896, our much beloved brother, John Speer, sweetly fell 
asleep in Jesus, leaving a devoted Christian wife and comparatively helpless 
family. Bro Speer fell on the field at the early age of 39, just at the age 
when men ripen into the most useful period of life. He was a man full of 
zeal, and, being a close student, he had gathered more than a usual amount 
of knowledge of the Bible and literature. He was a man of the deepest con- 
victions of what he believed to be the truth. As a pastor he was very suc- 
cessful, and as the appointee of our Associational and State Boards he' did a 
great deal of hard and successful work for the cause of truth. But now, 
inasmuch as it has pleased God to take from our ministerial ranks our dear 
brother Speer, we humbly submit to the providence of our allwise, merci- 
ful and loving Father in Heaven. J. I. Stockton, 

W. W. Nesmith, 
J. J. Sandlin. 

Committee. 

On motion of Bro. Stockton, 15 minutes were spent in memorial services of 
Elder John Speer. 

Elder Jos. Shackelford made some remarks concerning Bro. Speer, after 
which Elder R. T. Wear led in prayer. 

A collection was then taken up for the benefit of Bro. Speer' s family, 
amounting to $10.50, which was handed over to Bro. J. I. Stockton to be 
conveyed to Sister Speer. 



DOCUMENTS. 

Bro. J. E. Wearer read the report of the Committee on Documents, which 
was adopted, as follows: 

REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. 

We, your Committee on Documents, report as follows: 
We find 52 letters from the churches. These letters report 36 Sabbath 
Schools and 11 prayer meetings, regularly kept up. Five churches ask for 
the next meeting of the Association, viz: Mount Zion, in Lawrence, Trinity, 
Central in New Decatur, Hartselle and Falkville. New Friendship and 
New Center ask for aid to help them build houses of worship. Mount Pleas- 
ant asks for aid for pastoral support. 

Respectfully submitted, J. E. Weaves, 

J. D. McClanahan, 
Peter Clay, 

Committee. 

RESOLUTION OF THANKS. 

Bro. J. W. Sandlin offered the following resolution, which was unani- 
mously adopted : 

Resolved, That we, the delegates of Muscle Shoals Association, tender our 
thanks to Town Creek church and the people of the vicinity for their kind- 
ness and hospitality extended to us during our stay in their midst. 

REPORT Or BRO. BRISCOE. 

Bro. Briscoe made the following report, which was received and ordered 
to be spread on the minutes : 



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Dear Brethren : I received an appointment from your Board to travel 
with Dr. Shackelford as Assistant Evangelist and Colporter. The Board 
promised me $20 per month, for time actually engaged. I began work May 
16th, 1896. My erst report of labor, ending July 1st, was as follows: 

Days employed, 36; number of sermons preached, 21; addresses, 2; visits, 
30; miles traveled, 325; salary, $24. 

For July: Number of days employed, 15; sermons preached, 25; adaVesses, 
3; visits made, 24; miles traveled, 300; amount advanced by Treasurer, $ — - 

A great deal of my time during the months of July and August was em- 
ployed in revival meetings. This, when engaged by the church, I have not 
considered, and therefore have not charged the Board with it in my report. 

Total number of days employed, 71 ; sermons preached, 59; addresses made. 
7; visits made, 75; miles traveled, 875; amount due, $47.00; amount received 
from Treasurer, $38.93; balance due, $8.07. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Oct. 3, 1896. Marion Bbiscob. 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

Bro. A. L. Moody made the report of the Finance Committee, which was 
adopted, with instruction to the Clerk to make such changes as were neces- 
sary. (See table on page 23.) 

CLERK'S FEE AND NUMBER OF MINUTES. 

Bro. J. M. Roberts offered the following resolution, which was adopted: 

Resolved, That the Clerk have one thousand copies of the minutes printed, 
and superintend the distribution of the same; and that he be paid $25 for 
his services, and that the Treasurer be instructed to pay for the printing of 
the minutes and Clerk's fee. 

TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING. 

Bro. J. D. McClanahan made the report of the Committee on Time and 
Place of Next Meeting, as follows: 

The Committee on Time and Place of Next Meeting of the Association re- 
port as follows: , . _ , . 

Place, Hartselle, Ala.; time, Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 
1897; preacher of introductory sermon, R. P. McPherson; alternate, A. J. 
Thames. 

MB OF RELIGION. 

The Committee on State of Religion reported as follows, and it was adopted : 

REPORT ON STATE OF RELIGION. 

Your Committee On State of Religion report as follows: 
We have no way of ascertaining the spiritual condition of our churches, 
but from the reading of the letters from them we learn that there has been 
some revival of the spiritual condition of most of the churches in our Asso- 
ciation, and many have been converted and brought into the fold of Christ. 

J. M. Roberts, 

J. W. HOBTON, 

W.M. Roan, 

s Committee. 

Bro. Luther Wear was granted permission to present the needs of the 
Okolona church, and to ask for contributions to help it build a house. He 
received some contributions. 

On motion of Bro. A. J. Thames, the collection on to-morrow snail be for 
the Orphans' Home, at Evergreen . 



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STANDING COMMITTEES 

The Moderator announced the following Standing Committees to report 
at the next Association : 

On Associational Missions— J. I. Stockton, J. M. West and Marion Briscoe. 
State Missions— J. W. Sandlin, O 1>. Gibson and W. W. Nesmith. 
Home Missions— T H. Johnson, R. L. Qaiun and J. E. Roan. 
Foreign Missions— R. P. McPheraon, J. Gunn and L. A. Wear. 
Education— D. F. Green, C. G. Lynch and H. O. Healey. 
Ministerial Education— W. T. Cobbs, Win. East and B. T. Ryland. 
Orphans' Homp-J. M. Roberts. M H. Golden and J. A. Walker. 
Temperance — A. J. Thames, J. H Hembree and Peter Clay. 
Colportage— J. D. McClanahan. Rush 8tockton and T. R. Bragg. 
Sunday Schools— E. S. Atkinson, A. J. Irey and E. Evans. 

(The Chairmen of these Committees are expected to prepare their reports 
and present them to the next Association, after consultation with other 
members of their Committees; and if they shall be unable to do so, they will 
call on some member of their Committee to do so — Clerk ) 

On motion, the Association adjourned, to meet with Hartselle church on 
Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 1897. 

The parting hand was given, and prayer was made by Elder Jos. Sbackel 
ford. r. t. WEAR, 

Jos. Shackelford, Moderator. 

Clerk. 



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Dbab Bbbthben: I received an appointment from yonr Board to £»▼«] 

with Dr. Shackelford as Assistant Evangelist and Colporter. The Board 
promised me $20 per month, for time actually engaged. I began work May 
16th, 1896. My first report of labor, ending July 1st, was as follows: 

Days employed, 36; number of sermons preached, 21; addresses, 2; visits, 
30; miles traveled, 325; salary, $24. 

For July: Number of days emploved, 15; sermons preached, 25; addresses, 
3; visits made, 24; miles traveled, 300; amount advanced by Treasurer, $ — 

A great deal of my time during the months of July and August was em- 
ploved in revival meetings. This, when engaged by the church, I have not 
considered, and therefore have not charged the Board with it in my report. 

Total number of days employed, 71 ; sermons preached, 59; addresses made. 
7; visits made, 75; miles traveled, 875; amount due, $47.00; amount received 
from Treasurer, $38.93; balance due, $8.07. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Oct. 3, 1896. Marion Bbiscob. 

REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

Bro. A. L. Moody made the report of the Finance Committee, which was 
adopted, with instruction to the Clerk to make such changes as were neces- 
sary. (See table on page 23.) 

CLERK'S FEE AND NUMBER OF MINUTES. 

Bro. J. M. Roberts offered the following resolution, which was adopted: 
Resolved, That the Clerk have one thousand copies of the minutes prin f *d, 
and superintend the distribution of the same; and that he be paid $25 for 
his services, and that the Treasurer be instructed to pay for the printing of 
the minutes and Clerk's fee. 

TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING. 

Bro. J. D. McClanahan made the report of the Committee on Time and 
Place of Next Meeting, as follows: 

The Committee on Time and Place of Next Meeting of the Association re- 
port as follows: n „ : .. " - - '•' _ .. 

Place, Hartselle, Ala. ; time, Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 
1897 ; preacher of introductory sermon, R. P. McPherson ; alternate, A. J. 
Thames. 

8TATE OF RELIGION. 

The Committee on State of Religion reported as follows, and it was adopted : 
REPORT ON STATE OF RELIGION. 

Your Committee on State of Religion report as follows: 
We have no way of ascertaining the spiritual condition of our churches, 
but from the reading of the letters from them we learn that there has been 
some revival of the spiritual condition of most of the churches in our Asso- 
ciation, and many have been converted and brought into the fold of Christ. 

J. M. Roberts, 
J. W. Hobton, 
W.M. Roan, 
v Committee. 

Bro. Luther Wear was granted permission to present the needs of the 
Okolona church, and to ask for contributions to help it build a house. He 
received some contributions. 

On motion of Bro. A. J. Thames, the collection on to-morrow shall be for 
the Orphans' Home, at Evergreen . 



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STANDING COMMITTEES 

The Moderator announced the following Standing Committees to report 
at the next Association : 

On Associational Missions— J. I. Stockton, J. M. West and Marion Briscoe. 
State Missions— J. W. Sandlin, 1>. Gibson and W. W. Nesmith. 
Home Missions— T H. Johnson, R. L. Quiun and J. E. Roan. 
Foreign Missions— R. P. McPhereon, J. Gann and L. A. Wear. 
Education— D. F. Green, C. G. Lynch and H. 0. Healey. 
Ministerial Education— W. T. Cobbs, Wm. East and B. T. Ryland. 
Orphans' Horn*— J. M. Roberts. M H. Golden and J. A. Walker. 
Temperance— A. J. Thames, J. H Hembree and Peter Clay. 
Colportage— J. D. McClanahan. Rush Stockton and T. R. Bragg. 
Sunday Schools— E. S. Atkinson, A. J. Ivey and E. Evans. 

(The Chairmen of these Committees are expected to prepare their reports 
and present them to the next Association, after consultation with orher 
members of their Committees; and if they shall be unable to dO so, they will 
call on some member of their Committee to do so —Clerk ) 

On motion, the Association adjonrned, to meet with Hartselle church on 
Thursday before the first Babbath in October, J897. 

The parting hand was given, and prayer was made by Elder Jos. Sbackel • 
ford. R. T. WEAR, 

Jos. Shackelford, Moderator. 

Clerk. 



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APPENDIX. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENTION. 

The following report was read on Sunday to the Sunday School Meeting 
by the Committee appointed by the Association to take into consideration 
the propriety of having a Sunday School Convention of the Sunday Schools 
,of the churches of this Association. It was thought best to have the same 
published in the minutes as an appendix, so that the churches might act in 
accordance with the recommendations of the Committee: 

We, the Committee to which the Association has referred the subject of a 
Sabbath School Convention, express our opinion in the following resolu- 
tions: ° 

Resolved, 1. That, as a Committee on Sabbath Schools, we elect a Presi- 
dent and Secretary and Treasurer. 

2. That our officers put this Committee in direct touch and sympathy 
with every church and Sabbath School in the Association. 

3. That we ask a full and complete report at the end of each quarter, to 
be made to our Secretary. 

4. That we ask each church to send at least one of its active Sunday 
School workers as a delegate to the Association. 

5. That the Association be requested to give at least one-half of one day 
to the Sunday School question. 

6. That our officers make a full report of what we have done, and may 
do, to the next Association. 

7. That our officers shall assign to some of our best Sunday School work- 
ers some live questions on which to read a paper or otherwise discuss at our 
next Association. 

8. That we ask each minister to see that a Sunday School is organized in 
his church or churches, and, if no one else will conduct it, that he do so 
nimself, on the days of his regular preaching. 

C. G. Lynch, President. 

Secretary. 



NOTE OF THE CLERK. 

I send with the minutes to each church two blank church 
letters to the Association. These letters are to be used by the Clerks of the 
churches in making out their letters to the Association. I trust the Clerks 
of churches will preserve these blanks and use them when they prepare 
their letters for the next Association. If you have a Sunday School and 
regular prayer meeting, state it, and give full statistics of your 8unday 

It is desirable that each church send up a minute fund. Some do not state 
in the letters how much minute fund is sent up. The minute money sent 
up this year is not sufficient to pay for the printing of the minutes. We 
need at least $46, and sometimes more, to pay for printing minutes and post- 

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REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE, MUSCLE SHOALS ASSO- 

CIATION, 1896. 



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RECAPITULATION 

VOUCHEE. 

Home Missions 8 40 64 

Foreign Missions 37 22 

State Missions g4 27 

Ministerial Education 69 07 

Orphans' Home 12 20 

Minutes 

Public Collection for Missions on Friday 

Totol 1223 40 $392 14 $615 54 



CASH. 


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$ 

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5 66 

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$ 

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$ 


$ 78 

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1 50 

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1 25 

1 00 

1 00 

1 00 

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1 00 
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1 50 

1 00 

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1 00 

1 00 

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60 00 


$ 

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406 00 

73 00 

115 00 
105 00 

$776 00 


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$..... 


$ 

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$ 

500 


$ 400 00 

400 00 


Bethany 




300 00 


Blue Springs 




♦$850. 


400 00 


Cave Springs . .... 
Central, M. Decatur 
Centre Grove 


5 00 

+'25 00 

11 73 
450 
3 41 

1 23 

6 26 






300 00 


2 59 

4 65 

ff 00 


6000 00 
400 H> 


Cherry Hill.... 

Danvflle 

ttDecator. 1st 

Knon 


500 

36 00 
3 10 


200 00 






1200 00 

2500 00 

700 00 


Friendship . . ...... 

FalkvUla ' 




V60 00 
400 00 


tFtrrnaceHfll ? 






none 


Gum SpringsiL) .... 
Gum 8prings (M) . . 

Hillsboro 






50 00 




50 00 
none 


2 00 1 10 35 
| 3 25 
99 






1800 ro 









400 00 


Hartselle 


••••*•• 


1000 00 


Lebanon , 


'2 00 

15 57 

1 J5 


570 

14 95 
200 
250 
500 

20 00 

6 00 

20 00 

12 00 

20 00 
2 75 

500 

1 15 
50 

9 39 
500 
500 

15 00 

2 45 
625 
2 40 

2 75 

5 00 

12 25 

18 12 

50 

25 







50 00 


Liberty _.. 

Macedonia (F) 




250 00 
400 00 


75 60 
40 00 

25 00 
60 00 




250 00 


10 00 

5 66 
200 

1 70 

"l 00 

12 88 
•2 00 

500 
50 

266 

4 86 

10 00 


260 00 


Mt Zion (L) 

MtNebojM 5 ) ...... \ 

IMtHope 

Mt. Pisgah . ... 




250 00 
1000 00 
550 00 
none 

850 00 


Mission Grove- 


1 25 




250 00 


New Hope 

Mt. Stanly 

New Prospect 





3 00 
9 29 


1000 00 





50 00 
250 00 


New Centre 

New Decatur. 1st . . 
Okolona 




200 00 






50 00 





850 00 




200 00 


Pleasant Grove.. 




250 00 


fProspect 

Rus8ellville 


''256 

'2 6b 
35 

$46 71 






Union house 
1500 00 


Sheffield 


1 70 




20 00 




200 00 


"5 09 

5 00 
1 88 




1200 00 


Salem .. 





200 00 


8hoal Creek 




50 00 


Somerville 




Union house 


Shady Grove 




600 00 


Siloam 

Pleasant Hill 


** 




250 00 
500 00 


Tuscumbia 


. 




3000 00 


Town Creek 


2 40 

812 45 




800 00 


tTrinity 

Calhoun' Grove.. 






School house 






ft «* 


t Valhermosa Springs 
Mt. P easant 


$65 35 




Union house 
150 00 


Total . 


$68 92 


$15 05 


294 38 


$30 36 


$29 79 


$82 59 $3 50 


$12 20 




$152 65 


350 ro 


$5 00|$5 00 J $32150 00 



Remarks— iOf this amount J. G Orr gave $5 in memory of his daughter, Miss Glenn Orr. who though dead yet speaketh. iPladge of D. J. Orr included in 
the $7. tfTh is church has a .parsonage. 4Th«*e churches have no house of their own. *$350 church building. $14.85 was received from indivi lual pledges 
of last year for Ministerial Education, not included in the above. 








STATISTICS OF MUS LE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1896. 



CHURCHES 



COUNTY. 



Bethel 

Bethel 

Bethany 

Blue Springs 

Cave Springs 

Central, N Decatur. 

Centre Grove 

Cherry Hill 

tCalhoun 

Danville , 

Decatur, 1st 

Enon , 

Friendship 

tFalkville 

Furnace Hill 

Gum springs 

Gum Springs 

Harmony 

Hartselle 

tlsbell 

Lebanon 

Liberty 

Macedonia 

Macedonia 

Mission Grove 

Moulton 

Mt Zion 

MtZlon 

Mt Nebo 

MtNebo 

Mt Hope 

Mt Pisgah 

Mt Stanley 

fMt Pleasant 

New Hope 

New Prospect 

New Friendship . . 

New Centre 

New Decatur 

Okoh.na 

Pleasant Grove 

tProspect 

Pleasant Hi' 1 

Rnssellville 

Rocky Creek 

Sheffield . 

Salem 

tShoal Creek 

Somerville 

Shady Grove 

Siloam 

Tuscumbia 

Town Creek 

Trinity.... 




C>lbert 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Franklin 

Laurence 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Colbert. 

Lawrence 

Mo-gan 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Franklin 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Franklin 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Lawrence 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Franklin 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Colbert 

Colbert 

Lawrence 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Mor an 

Franklin 

Morgan 

Colbert 

Lawreace 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Moruran 

Franklin 

Colbert 

Lawrence 

Morgan 

Morgan 

Lawrence 

Morgan 



Total 



PASTOR. 



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CLERK'S 
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W C Summers 
J I Stockton 
J R Blackman 
J C Weaver 
J I Stockton 
R P McPherson 
J E. Weaver 
RTWear 
None reported 
Jos Shackelford 
E S Atkinson 
J Gunn 
M Briscoe 
W T Cobbs 
O C Comstock 
J R Bla-.'kmau 
J E Roan 
T R Bragg 
W T Cobbs 
No letter 
W J Briscoe 
J M Roberts 
RT Wear 
J I Stockton 
J M Roberts 
J Gunn 
Isaac Bradford 
J D McClanahan 
W T Cobbs 
R T Wear 
RTWear 
J Gunn 
J M Roberts 
J M Roberts 
J R Blackman 
LH Wear 
W E Wright 
W E Wright 
J W Sandiin 
LA Wear 
T R Bragg 
J ERoau 
J Gunn 
No pastor 
J E Weaver 
No pastor 
LA Wear 
No letter 
JE Roan 
J I Stockton 
W C Summers 
A J Thamei 
RTWear 
J I Stockton 
No letter 
Jos Shackelford 
M Briscoe 



John H Sockweii 
J C Leone 
J W Owens 
W J Weaver 
W T Collier 
Jno A Thomaso:' 
M W Ratliff 
Ed R Richeson 
Henry Hawkins 
JBOrr 
W W Garnett 
J T Wallace 
E W Roden 
T L Simpson 
G W Bridges 
W H Muston 
E J Pannell 
J S Howell 
E T Johnson 

W H Junkins 

M Odell 

F F Elkius 

L W Jones 

J W Yates 

H B Irwin 

J H Butler 

WH H Thomson 

R B Gibson 

G W Hargett 

Geo W Jackson 

H A McClellan 

H W Bowling 

A L Steenson 

W H Crow 

M A Mast ^rsori 

W J Blank i ns, o 

J W Maples 

T R Hardin 

JC Reed 

MC Bragg 

No letter 

W N Stewart 

P^ter Clay 

M ROden 

R W Hennega 

H E Weatherw. x 

S A Legun 
J A Moore 
O A Grissom 
C A Womble 
Jno N Jackson 
H T LiJe 

W JCottingha.n 
DJ Orr 



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Hartselle 

Town Creek 

Centre Grove 

RI«eville 

Decatur 

Centre Grove 

Waco 

Moulton 

Danville 

Decatur 

I esse ton 

Basham 

Falkville 

Sheffield 

Hatton 

Falkville 

Moulton 

Hartselle 

Darlington 

Falkville 

Town Creek 

New Burg 

Lane's 

Courtland 

Moulton 

Edmund 

Hartselle 

Massey 

Hargett's Mills 

Mt Hope 

Flint 

Town Creek 

Sheffield 

Courtland 

Sande*8ville 

Somerville 

Somerville 

New Decatur 

Edmond 

Moulton 

Somerville 

Simpson 

Russellville 

Lawrence's Cove 

Sheffield 

Moulton 

8omerville 

Neel 

Russellville 

Tuscumbia 

Mt Hope 
Trinity 

Hillsboro 
Danville 



204 
102 
66 
78 
16 
94 
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30 

139 

33 

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51 
83 
47 
45 
31 
80 
86 
60 
32 
9 
41 
65 
74 
74 
74 
30 
81 
81 

21 

29 
20 
29 
80 
78 
64 
21 
81 
92 
50 
59 
67 
25 
22 
33 
22 
112 
153 
27 
27 
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93 
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211 
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1 

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3 

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every 8 

3 

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every 8 

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8. 8 SUPERINTENDENT'S 
Name and P. O. Address. 



1 No report 

No report 

No report 

No report 

Report, but not full 
1 J A Thomason, Decatur 
1 No report 

No report 

No report 
1 D F Green, Danville 

W W Garnett, Decatur 
1 C M Livingston, Danville 

No report 

Have 8 8, but no report 

No report 
1 No report 
1 WS Howell, Moulton * 

J W Loggins, Hartselle 

W H Jenkins, Falkville 

No report 
1 No report 
1 No report 

Have S S, but no statistics 

Not reported 

S A Richy. Edmond 

Have S S, but no statistics giv'n 
1 R B Gibson, Massey 
1 No S 8 reported 

No 8 8 reported 
1 No Sup't reported— Flint 
1AM Carter, Town Creek 

NoSS 

No S S reported 

NoSS 

No 8 S reported 

J B Holloway, Somerville 
1 J C Lance, New Decatur 
1 Not given— Edmond 

J D Montgomery, Moulton 

R T Aday, Simpson 

N C Greenhill, Russellville 

No S S reported 

E Evans, Sheffield 

No 8 8 reported 

Have 8 8, but no report 
1 No 8 8 reported 

S S, but no statistics 
1WE Aycock, Tuscumbia 
1 Bro Tubb, Mt Hope 

Not given— Trinity 

W 8 Stephens, Hillsboro 
No 8 8 reported 



18 23 



R&HARKS-Calhoun is a new church. Mt. Pleasant is an old < rch reorganized. -(-Reported last year— no report this 7ear- Some churches have 8unday Schools, but do 
not report them ; and some that report 8unday Schools do not rt >rt statistics. About 30 8unday Schools. *No statistics. Calhoun ebnrch reorganized. 




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